Where? Up on the 63rd floor of one of the most coveted hotels in Bangkok – the Lebua.
The view: A sweeping panorama of the city’s bright lights.
Atmosphere: With live jazz playing nightly, it’s a relaxed escape from the hectic city.
Who goes there? International travellers and the style-savvy.
Best feature: The illuminated bar that changes colour every few seconds.
Signature cocktail: A Sunset 63, with Absolut 100 vodka, Cointreau, pineapple and orange juice.
Open Daily from 6pm – 1am.
Where? Atop the showy Sofitel Centara Grand in the urban Ladprao district, it’s the latest addition to the rooftop scene.
The view: Over the adjacent Chatuchak park and market to the skyline.
Atmosphere A calm and collected start before the mood is amplified to a full-on party by midnight.
Who goes there? Locals in search of after-work drinks.
Best feature: The monthly Full Moon club nights.
Signature cocktail: The Blue Sky, made from vodka, blue Curacao, lime and lychee juice.
Open Every night from 6pm – 2am.
THE LONG TABLE
Where? In the luxurious Column hotel, a few floors above its fabled infinity edge swimming pool.
The view: Benjakiti Park and the city’s largest lake stretching towards the skyline.
Atmosphere: Created by the people behind Bangkok’s addition to the ultra-hip worldwide clubbing institution Bed Supperclub, the vibe here is cooler than cool.
Who goes there? The in-crowd.
Best feature: The 70-seater table, believed to be the longest in the world.
Signature cocktail: The Long Table Margarita with Herradura white tequila, Cointreau, lemongrass and macadamia nut syrup.
Open 5pm – 2am, daily.
Where? On the banks of the Chao Phraya river, in the heart of the city’s luxury hotel district.
The view: From ultra-modern skyscrapers close-by, to a jagged skyline in the distance.
Atmosphere: Cosy, intimate and mellow.
Who goes there? A favourite of Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, the bar attracts worldwide visitors and hip locals.
Best feature: The internationally renowned jazz singers who play here regularly.
Signature cocktail: The Robusto Mojito, made from Cuban cigar-infused rum with fresh lime, mint and hazelnut syrup.
Open 5pm – 1am, daily.
Where? On the top floor of the Centara Grand skyscraper in the city centre.
The view: Chinatown, plus the Grand Palace and temples of Rattanakosin Island.
Atmosphere: It’s buzzing and bright – the bar lights up in seven neon colours.
Who goes there? Discerning travellers and international royalty, such as the Prince of Denmark.
Best feature: The ample list of wines from around the world.
Signature cocktails: Foam-capped Martinis that come in passion fruit, chocolate and espresso flavour.
Open 5pm – 1am, seven days a week.
Where? On the top floor of the 61-storey hotel Banyan Tree Bangkok.
The view: The Chao Phraya River and the city’s skyscrapers.
Atmosphere: Chilled drinking and dining.
Who goes there? Hotel guests, British expats, discerning cocktail drinkers.
Best feature: There are no tall, view-obscuring walls, and no roof to obscure the sky (though that does make it somewhat less desirable in the rainy months), and the drinks are reasonably priced.
Signature cocktail: Vertigo Sunset: Malibu, a little cranberry juice, a lot of pineapple juice and a squeeze of lime.
Open 5pm-1am, daily.